When I was on my way to Walt Disney World last week, I was preoccupied with crazy last minute packing! There are two types of packers - those who pack a month in advance and those who pack the night before. I'm an odd mixture of both, as I typically start piling all my stuff into a bag or bin pretty far in advance. But the organizing and actual packing tends to happen the day (or night) before my flight. There are pros and cons to both schools of thought, so keep doing what works for you. Looking for some tips on how to pack for your next trip a bit more efficiently? Look no further!
Pack outfits and bring some extras. I prefer to pack my clothes by outfit, so it's easy to pull out what I need day by day. I do the same thing for my daughter. I always have extras in case of spills, etc. but it's easier for me to not try to match things on the go. There have definitely been trips where I haven't been as prepared and ended up with mismatching tops and bottoms on the last day.
Pack shoes for all weather. Even if you're only going for a weekend, don't risk that your only pair of sneakers or flip flops could get wet in a sudden downpour! It's okay to be that person that packs all the shoes! Funny side note, I zipped up my suitcase last night having forgotten to pack ANY shoes. Thank goodness I double checked my list.
Speaking of lists, make one! They're a lifesaver (or in my case, a feet-saver). Personally, I use an Excel sheet with columns - one for checking things off as I pack them and another for when I'm re-packing at my destination. No one wants to leave their phone charger plugged into the wall or forget a drawer full of clothes at their hotel, so utilize the list on your arrival and departure days.
Pack your First Aid kit. My husband calls me 'K-Mart' because I travel with a little bit of everything. I prefer to have a toiletry bag with everything in it - things I honestly never end up using. Of course, you want band-aids and the like, but try to think outside the box. A couple things I never travel without are tweezers and an eyeglass repair kit.
Pack a few of my favorite extras. There are some things that I always pack - ponchos, especially for Walt Disney World; Ziploc bags for transporting leftover food or wet clothes; fuzzy socks for the cold plane; my portable phone charger so I can recharge on-the-go - just to name a few. I'm not famous for packing light, but I always have what I need when I travel so I think it's a fair trade-off.